David Nevins denies speculation that the network rejected the producers' idea to kill off Michael C. Hall's character.
Almost a year after it wrapped up, "Dexter" was still brought up at the TCA summer press tour on Friday, July 18. This time, Showtime President David Nevins took a time to address the controversial ending which sparked a speculation that the network rejected the producers' idea to kill off the title character.
"It was never discussed with me," Nevins said. He went on claiming, "No ever pitched the idea of killing Dexter. Neither Michael [C. Hall] nor the producers ever thought that was the appropriate ending that Dexter should have got. It was honestly never discussed."
Asked about whether there's a chance for the serial killer to return, Nevis didn't rule out the possibility. "It's always in the realm of possibility," he said. "Worked for Jack Bauer. Worked for the Bluth family... It's always possible but there's never really anything actively happening."
Clyde Phillips, the original showrunner of "Dexter", could've provided an alternative to the show's ending should he remain working on the crime thriller. "Here is what I personally would have pitched," he told E! News. "In the very last scene of the series, Dexter wakes up. And everybody is going to think, 'Oh, it was a dream.' "
"And then the camera pulls back and back and back and then we realize, 'No, it's not a dream.' Dexter's opening his eyes and he's on the execution table at the Florida Penitentiary. They're just starting to administer the drugs and he looks out through the window to the observation gallery."
Phillips went on sharing, "And in the gallery are all the people that Dexter killed-including the Trinity Killer and the Ice Truck Killer (his brother Rudy), LaGuerta who he was responsible killing, Doakes who he's arguably responsible for, Rita, who he's arguably responsible for, Lila. All the big deaths, and also whoever the weekly episodic kills were. They are all there."
"That's what I envisioned for the ending of Dexter. That everything we've seen over the past eight seasons has happened in the several seconds from the time they start Dexter's execution to the time they finish the execution and he dies. Literally, his life flashed before his eyes as he was about to die. I think it would have been a great, epic, very satisfying conclusion."